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Craft Brew Growth: What It Really Means

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Craft Brew Growth: What It Really Means

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Craft Brew Growth: What It Really Means

The Beer Institute Click Image To Enlarge Craft brewing in America gained more beer industry market share in 2013, The Beer Institute reported this month . Along with the brewery growth, new jobs and positive economic impacts took hold. Additionally, the spike in licensed breweries put more and more choices in front of craft brew drinkers, which indicated a decrease in brew loyalty. The United States saw a record-high of 3,699 active ‘permitted breweries’ overseen by the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in 2013. An analysis by the Beer Institute showed that the majority of the 948 new permits issued in 2013 went to brewpubs. “We have tracked the industry since our preceding trade association was first founded in 1862, and there’s a story in these numbers. Beer is constantly evolving in the U.S., with more small brewers than ever before, more brands being introduced by national brewers and growing interest in imports,” said Chris Thorne, vice president of communications at the Beer Institute. While beer is constantly evolving, the distribution and inventory management of craft brew remains behind the times . The jump in breweries that distribute across the country challenges the post-Prohibition standards that have […]

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